Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD Review
So was the decision to step away from the more popular controllers on the market and introduce a new one with the Link_A_Media Devices LM87800 a wise one? Undoubtedly we have to give an answer of both yes and no. Which might seem odd, but let us explain.
This is the first drive we've seen with this controller, and anyone who was around when the first SandForce controllers hit the market will know that it wasn't exactly an unqualified success. The LM87800 has a few rough edges, but when it all comes together it is stunningly fast.
Two tests definitely stand out as the ones which hint at the potential available from this new drive. Firstly the AIDA64 read test suite gave us an incredible 580MB/s random read, and an even more impressive 540MB/s linear read. The other big jaw-dropping result, and easily one of the biggest leap forwards we've ever seen, is the Crystal Disk Mark sequential write test. Our previous single drive record being a decent 310MB/s, it's stunning to see the Neutron GTX pushing up close to 500MB/s. A massive improvement.
Of course there are other tests where the drive doesn't appear to be as impressive. Small block sizes in particular (4K) are generally a bit slower than we'd like to see, or indeed we've seen before. The much vaunted IOPS multi-tasking definitely shows up in some scenarios, but not all benchmarks take full advantage of it. In the real world of course you're far more likely to saturate the available bandwidth as even a gentle bit of multi-tasking, for example iTunes, Firefox and a photo-editing package of your choice, will really allow the drive to shine.
We never like to comment much on potential future performance here at OC3D. We like to review something in the same manner that you would see it yourself. However it would be remiss of us to not point out that this is the first iteration of this controller, and we're sure that as the technology matures the few little issues will be ironed out.
At well under the £/GB threshold (this drive is £199 for the 240GB GTX variant) and with some phenomenal write speeds alongside the ability to keep running hard regardless of the type of data you're transferring thanks to the LM87800 not relying upon compression to attain its high performance, we have to award it our OC3D Gold Award.